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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • CMSgt Engholm retires from U.S. Air Force after 30 years

  • Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt) Troy Alan Engholm recently retired from the United States Air Force after serving our nation for over 30 years.
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  • Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt) Troy Alan Engholm recently retired from the United States Air Force after serving our nation for over 30 years.
     
    Troy is a 1982 graduate of Morgan Public High School and entered the Air Force in November 1983. The Chief’s background included various duties in the Cyberspace Operations career field.
     
    Upon completion of basic training at Lackland SFB in Texas and technical school at Keesler AFB, Mississippi, his assignments included tours at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona; Zweibruecken AB in West Germany, Kwang Ju AB in South Korea, Tyndall AFB in Florida, Thule AB in Greenland (two tours), Aviano AB in Italy, Eielson AFB in Alaska, Hickam AFB in Hawaii (two tours), Peterson AFB in Colorado, Brussels, Belgium, Sheppard AFB in Texas, Eglin AFB in Florida and Andersen AFB in Guam.
     
    The Chief also served in three major conflicts, to include Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm at Eskan Village in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Operation Enduring Freedom at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, and Operation Enduring Freedom and New Dawn at Isa AB, Kingdom of Bahrain.
     
    During his tour in Afghanistan, he was credited with over 25 combat missions and subsequently awarded the Bronze Star medal.
     
    Chief Engholm earned promotion to the Air Force’s highest enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant (E9) in 2002, which is congressionally mandated to only one percent of the total enlisted force. He also earned his Master’s degree in Management from Webster University.
     
    A retirement ceremony was held in his honor at Andersen AFB, Guam, on June 28. In attendance were his wife, Garit, daughter, Kelly Lua and his parents, Galen and Gloria Engholm of rural Evan.
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